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How to Crochet: Single Crochet

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Learn how to crochet the single crochet (abbreviated sc) stitch. This is one of the basic stitches and arguably the most commonly used. This stitch is the most fundamental of all stitches in crocheting. The compact stitch creates a tight, dense fabric. Learning how to create it will serve as the foundation for your crocheting ventures – as all stitches are typically variations of this core stitch.

Single Crochet Instructions

  1. Begin by making a chain of 11 chain stitches (ch 11). The first 10 chain stitches make your foundation chain; the last stitch makes your turning chain.

  2. Insert your hook in the second chain from the hook.

  3. Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the chain. This step begins the actual single crochet (sc) stitch. You should have 2 loops on your hook.

  4. Yarn over the hook and draw through both loops.

One stitch is complete. You should have one loop remaining on your hook.

To finish your first row, work 1 single crochet stitch in each successive chain stitch across the foundation chain, beginning in the next chain of the foundation chain.

You should have 10 stitches in Row 1.

Chain 1 (ch1 ). This is your turning chain.

Turn your work and we will begin working row 2.

WORKING ROW 2: Work a single crochet in the top of every stitch from the previous row. Be sure to insert the crochet hook under top two loops of each stitch.

We will continue to work a single crochet in each remaining stitch across the previous row; be sure to work the last stitch in the top of the single crochet from the previous row.

You can continue practicing or fasten off.

FASTENING OFF: After the last stitch, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. As you do when you take your crochet hook out for a break, draw the hook straight up, but this time draw the cut yarn end completely through the stitch. Pull the 6-inch end to close.

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